In early July, the folks behind the popular Humble Bundle service strayed off the path of certainty and tried something no one was expecting: they sold music. The rules remained the same; the product was DRM-free, and it was offered to you in a common-sense format. Ultimately, this bundle failed to generate the sort of revenue the gaming bundles typically have, but it was an interesting test nonetheless. Whether we’ll see it happen again, it’s hard to say.
With the tepid response to the music bundle, you’d almost expect that it’d be the last non-game Humble Bundle we’d see, but that has been proven untrue today, with the launch of the Humble eBook Bundle. As you’d likely expect, the content here is sold to you DRM-free, and in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats – whatever e-reader you use, one of these formats will work.
As always, some content is sold to you for whatever price you want, while bonuses are offered if you match the minimum. Books include Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi, Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, Invasion by Mercedes Lackey, Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link and Magic for Beginners, also by Kelly Link. If you beat the average, which at the time of writing is $9.87, you’ll also score Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.
If you’re a book reader, do these titles intrigue you enough into a purchase?